Zach Braff in Talks to Direct GOING IN STYLE Remake [Update: Dustin Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine to Star]

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It took a decade for Zach Braff to direct his second feature film after 2004’s Garden State, but it appears that he’s eager to jump back into the director’s chair much more quickly this time around.  Deadline reports that Braff is in talks to take the helm of the Going in Style remake that New Line Cinema has been developing for a few years now, positioning the film as the follow-up to his Kickstarter-funded drama Wish I Was Here, which opened in theaters this summer.  The 1979 caper comedy Going in Style revolved around a trio of elderly friends—played by George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg—who decide to rob a bank out of boredom.  [Update: Dustin HoffmanMorgan Freeman, and Michael Caine are in talks to star.]  More after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: 22 JUMP STREET, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, THE WIND RISES, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the best comedy sequels ever made, another sequel that was at one point highly anticipated but bombed on release, a Frank Capra classic on Criterion, HD upgrades for Studio Ghibli fetaures, and more.  Briefly:

Download GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 for Free on Google Play

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One of the best-curated soundtracks of the year can now be yours for the price of zero monies.  Right now, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack Awesome Mix Vol. 1 is available for download for free over at Google Play (via ComicBook.com).  It’s quite a bargain for what amounts to a swell compilation of hits from the late 1960s and 1970s, which added some excellent character to director James Gunn’s highly successful Marvel film.  Gunn put together the soundtrack himself, and while he’s currently in the early stages of working on Guardians of the Galaxy 2, here’s hoping Awesome Mix Vol. 2 is another successful companion piece.

And in case you can’t wait until December 9th to get Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray or DVD, the film is available right now in Digital HD format.

THE AGE OF ADALINE Trailer: Blake Lively Is Immortal

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The first The Age of Adaline trailer has landed online for director Lee Toland Krieger’s (Celeste & Jesse Forever) fantasy romantic drama.  The film stars Blake Lively as a woman who suffers a near-fatal accident in the 1930s that renders her immortal.  She embarks on an epic, isolated journey, keeping her secret, but must watch her own daughter grow old (Ellen Burstyn) as she is forced to continually strike up relationships and then quickly cut ties.  The central concept of the story has been seen before, but this actually looks like a really visually arresting film.  The colors seem to pop, and I’m especially curious to see a film in which the immortal character maintains a relationship with her family.

Check out the Age of Adaline trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Harrison Ford and Michiel HuismanThe Age of Adaline opens in theaters on April 24, 2015.

TV Ratings: MARRY ME and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D Rise; THE FLASH Ticks Down

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TV ratings for Tuesday, November 18th are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s swell new comedy Marry Me (from the creator of Happy Endings) saw a rise of three tenths for last night’s Thanksgiving-themed episode, earning a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 5.32 million viewers.  About a Boy was also up, rising four tenths to a 1.3 rating and garnering 4.3 million viewers, while Chicago Fire was down two tenths to a 2.0 rating and 7.70 million viewers.
  • Over on The CW, The Flash (read Dave’s recap here) was down a tenth to a 1.3 rating and scored 3.58 million viewers, while Supernatural rose a tenth to a 1.0 rating and scored 2.63 million viewers.
  • ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (read Evan Valentine’s recap here) was up a tenth from last week’s series low to a 1.6 rating and 4.54 million viewers, while Forever matched last week’s 1.0 rating and scored 4.41 million viewers.
  • Fox’s New Girl ticked up a tenth to a 1.4 rating and scored 2.8 million viewers, and The Mindy Project matched last week’s 1.1 rating and garnered 2.37 million viewers.
  • CBS’ NCIS was up three tenths to a 2.6 rating and scored 17.89 million viewers, NCIS: New Orleans rose three tenths to a 2.3 rating and garnered 16.68 million viewers, and Person of Interest also rose three tenths to a 1.6 rating and scored 9.68 million viewers.

EW Cover Offers a First Look at PITCH PERFECT 2 with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow; First Poster Released

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Get your aca-puns ready, folks, because it’s time to start getting really excited for Pitch Perfect 2.  A first look at the sequel has been unveiled as part of this week’s EW cover, which features returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany SnowPitch Perfect actress/executive producer Elizabeth Banks steps into the director’s chair this time around, taking over from the first film’s Jason Moore and making her feature directorial debut in the process.  Plot details for the follow-up are still unknown at this time, but as a big fan of the first movie I’m really looking forward to this sequel.  Kay Cannon (30 Rock) returned to pen the script so hopefully it’s able to maintain sharp tone of the first feature while expanding the scope, as sequels are wont to do.

Check out the first look at Pitch Perfect 2 after the jump, including the cover image and other photos.  The film also stars Skylar Astin, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna CampKatey Segal, Adam Devine, and of course Banks.  Pitch Perfect 2 opens in theaters on May 15, 2015. [Update: We've added the first poster for the film.  Additionally, Universal Pictures has announced that the trailer will be released tomorrow.]

DANNY COLLINS Trailer and Images: Al Pacino Receives a Letter from John Lennon

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The first Danny Collins trailer has been released for the upcoming comedy-drama from Crazy, Stupid, Love. scribe Dan Fogelman.  Previously titled Imagine, the film stars Al Pacino as an aging 1970s rocker who uncovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon, which spurs him to try and reconnect with his family.  Fogelman is making his directorial debut with the picture, which also includes some of Lennon’s songs, and it looks like a perfectly nice movie.  The cast is certainly impressive—especially Christopher Plummer and Bobby Cannavale—and the lead role seems like a solid fit for Pacino.  The trailer’s not particularly noteworthy or anything, but it looks like it could be a sweet film.

Check the first Danny Collins trailer and images after the jump.  The film also stars Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Josh Peck, and Nick OffermanDanny Collins opens in theaters on March 20, 2015.

Exclusive: Chris Pratt to Star in COWBOY NINJA VIKING [Update: Pratt Confirmed His Casting]

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Chris Pratt quickly went from talented comedic actor to franchise star with this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s poised to lead another studio tentpole film.  Sources tell us that Pratt is now attached to topline Universal’s adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo.  It sounds like the kind of title that would pique the interest of Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer, and indeed it’s a rather heightened genre project.  The story revolves around an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and works for a secret government program.  [Update: Pratt has confirmed his involvement on Twitter.]  More after the jump.

Will Ferrell Prepares for Prison with Kevin Hart in First GET HARD Images

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Warner Bros. has released the first Get Hard images from the upcoming crime comedy.  Marking the directorial debut of Tropic Thunder scribe Etan Cohen, the film stars Will Ferrell as a Bernie Madoff-type wealthy investment banker who enlists the man who washes his car (Kevin Hart) to help prepare him for a maximum security prison sentence.  The prospect of pairing the comedic stylings of Ferrell and Hart is incredibly promising, and from the looks of these images their chemistry is going to be pretty great.  Moreover, the timely premise allows the duo to riff on topics that are especially relevant to our society at this point in time.

Take a look at the first Get Hard images after the jump, and check back here soon to watch the first trailer.  The film also stars Tip “T.I.” Harris, Alison Brie, and Craig T. NelsonGet Hard opens in theaters on March 27, 2015.

Rosamund Pike in Talks for THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US with Charlie Hunnam; Clive Owen, Maria Bello to Lead THE CONFIRMATION

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Rosamund Pike may well be on her way to a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her tremendous turn in this year’s Gone Girl, and now she’s already keen on lining up her next project.  Variety reports the actress is in early talks to star in the survival love story drama The Mountain Between Us, which has Charlie Hunnam set as the male lead.  The story revolves around a pair of strangers—a writer on the way to her wedding and a doctor heading home from a conference—who survive a plane crash in the mountains.  Badly injured and alone, the two must find a way down the mountain, but since being stranded on a mountain with a good-looking stranger is one of nature’s most powerful aphrodisiacs, they begin to fall for each other.

Hit the jump for more, including casting for the directorial debut of Nebraska writer Bob Nelson.

New THE GOOD DINOSAUR Image Revealed; Director Peter Sohn’s Story Changes for the Pixar Buddy Comedy Include a New Antagonist

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Pixar has been no stranger to major, last-minute changes on its films—especially when it comes to swapping out the director—but changes for the studio’s upcoming The Good Dinosaur has had quite possibly the farthest reaching effect.  Up co-director Bob Peterson was poised to make his directorial debut with the film, but he was removed from the project nine months before release.  The film was subsequently pushed back from 2014 to November 25, 2015, leaving Pixar without a 2014 release and straining the studio financially, resulting in layoffs and a shift of the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory to 2016.

The studio confirmed last month that Peterson’s co-director Peter Sohn has now taken over as the director of the film, and details have surfaced regarding how Sohn overhauled the story and why Peterson was fired in the first place.  Read on after the jump.

Peter Berg to Direct Cartel Thriller THE HUNT FOR EL CHAPO; LET’S BE COPS Helmer Tackling Sci-Fi with SLINGSHOT

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Filmmaker Peter Berg has found an interesting piece of material that may be well suited to his talents as a director.  THR reports that the Lone Survivor and The Rundown director is attached to helm and produce the global thriller The Hunt for El Chapo for Universal Pictures, which is based on a New Yorker article (read it here) about the capture of drug cartel leader Joaquin Guzman.  The project has Dallas Buyers Club co-writer Craig Borten set to pen the screenplay.  Guzman was imprisoned in the early 1990s, escaped, and then ran the Sinaloa cartel while on the lam.  He was captured in February of this year during an operation that involved the Mexican Navy, the DEA, and the U.S. Marshals.

Berg has been doing some fine work in television since Lone Survivor, helming the pilot and subsequent episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers as well as the Dwayne Johnson HBO pilot Ballers, but he recently signed on to helm Mark Wahlberg in the remake The Six Billion Dollar Man.  Hit the jump for news concerning Luke Greenfield turning his attention to the sci-fi genre.

Steve McQueen Will Next Direct a Film About Activist Paul Robeson

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Filmmaker Steve McQueen has been doing incredible work for years now, but it all came to a head last year with his Best Picture-winning drama 12 Years a Slave.  His follow-up project was a bit atypical for an Oscar winner, as he opted to turn his attention to developing and direct the HBO pilot Codes of Conduct, which revolves around a young African-American man entering New York City high society.  With that drama now complete, McQueen has announced his next feature film project: a film about actor, singer, and Civil Rights activist Paul Robeson.  More after the jump.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Looking at Actors for Young Jean Grey and Cyclops Roles; Chloe Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning in the Mix

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We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series.  Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel.  However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of DOFP and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants.

Which mutants, you may ask?  Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are being eyed to play a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops.  More after the jump.

Heavy Drama Gets Animated in FANTASTIC MR. FOXCATCHER Trailer

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Director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher is certainly one of the darkest and most somber films of the year, so obviously it makes a fine companion to the visual stylings of director Wes Anderson.  Someone has taken the audio of the Foxcatcher trailer and quite successfully dubbed it over footage from Anderson’s incredible (not to mention wildly entertaining) 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.  It’s an odd match but it actually works quite well, and it even has the Megan Ellison Seal of Approval.  Both films are great and I highly recommend seeking out Foxcatcher—which includes three of the best performances of the year—when it comes to a theater near you.

Watch the Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher trailer after the jump.  Foxcatcher is now playing in select cities. 

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